As an engineer for a mobile TV company, my adventures of covering the Olympics in South Korea.
The end of our day in Seoul took us a bit off the beaten path. We had heard of the North Seoul Tower earlier when running into members of the US Olympic Team near the market. We could see it, and read there was a cable car, so we thought to just walk to find […]
If you work in live sports broadcasting, there are many bucket list items you end up striving for throughout your career. Probably one of the most sought after (it was for me) is an Olympics. I know many who have done several Olympics. Don’t have that perspective yet, but suspect their first was similar. One […]
I loved how much Seoul embraced both their old and new cultures. Scattered among the modern skyscrapers are structures from the Joseon Dynasty of the late 1300’s+. The Koreans have a strong desire to remember the traditions of the past, from what I can tell. Above is Sungnyemun: “South Gate.” Considered as Korea’s “National Treasure […]
We finally got the chance to visit Seoul, South Korea’s capital city. Our last horah of our Olympic adventure. It felt like the vibe of New York City, only cleaner streets and not nearly so many honking car horns. It’s also very smoggy, with a thick hazy sky, due to too much vehicle pollution. This […]
The day after final strike (pack up) of our TV Trucks, we did more sight seeing in Gangneung. One of the crew heard about a beached North Korean Submarine on display. We unfortunately couldn’t properly convey this to our cab driver, and opted to be dropped off at a luxury hotel figuring we could walk […]
After the afternoon Women’s Hockey Final—Congrats go to USA for our first Gold for Women’s Hockey since 1998; we went back to Gyeongpo Beach to try to catch some of the Fire Art Festa. Nothing going on that night, but I really wanted to eat at one of the seafood places along the beach. Found […]
Earlier the same day I saw the temple, the tour stopped by this place: Jeonggangwon-Korea Traditional Food Culture Experience Center in PyeongChang. Here we learned hands-on to make Korean rice cakes (Tteok). A little demo of this in the video at the end of this post. Some pics of what we saw: The sign and […]
Our accommodations site offers various tours of attractions around the area for us Olympic media workers. With many of us doing shift work, many get the time for this, as I did. Part of this tour took us to Woljeongsa Temple. Located in a forested valley near zodaesan Mountain, it is in charge of 60 […]
My truck’s second assignment here is to provide NBC coverage of the main hockey venue, Gangneung Hockey Center. It is part of what’s known as the Coastal Cluster. Also here is the Figure Skating Stadium, and “The Oval” for Speedskating. I’m only concerned with the hockey venue here, but went out to the plaza to […]
On one of our “dark days” (no production in the TV compound) we stumbled upon this beautiful display at Gyeongpo Beach, a 10 minute taxi from our accommodations. We walked the hole length of the installation-about 20 sculptures. Made mostly of wood and straw, many of these are to be burned during the weeks of […]
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